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THE INKWELL: Waddle Woodturnings Newsletter

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  • An Enormous Recognition!

    In October, 2023, the International Association of Penturners selected one of my handmade Pens to Feature. I am deeply humbled by this recognition. My entirely handmade “Black & Blue” pen will be shown on the front page of their website for the month of October! It truly is front page news! The featured pen is…

  • What is Wood Chatoyancy?

    Wood chatoyancy is a shimmering quality where an object reflects light differently depending on the angle it is viewed from. Certain woods just seem to sparkle and dance in good lighting. In some species this occurs naturally when the orientation of the grain meets the viewers eye. It can even create a three dimensional appearance…

  • What do you write?

    What do you write? At its core, journaling is simply about taking the time to collect your thoughts, emotions, and perspectives in written form.  There are lots of articles on the internet about the benefits of journaling. The list is long, but those who journal regularly often cite dividends including: There are many ways to…

  • Comparing Ink Pens

    You may wonder: What’s the difference between a ballpoint, a rollerball and a fountain pen? What are the advantages or disadvantages of each? In this article I’ll compare the different ink pens and help clear it all up for you. Ballpoint Pens These are the pens you’re most familiar with and have used a thousand…

  • Pen Raffle Giveaway – August 7, 2022

    In celebration of launching my website, I’m giving away an original custom ballpoint ink pen. In order to have a chance to win, just sign up for my newsletter on or before August 6, 2022. This custom ballpoint ink pen was made with local Black Cherry burl and smoky swirled epoxy resin. Once hardened, the…

  • Penmaking 101

    I usually start with a bit of curly, figured, exotic, or burl wood.  I have collected an inventory of woods imported from all over the world, but have also used wood from a tree that came down in my own backyard.  I like to use woods that have a story with them, such as wood…